Because the DC Universe Animated Unique Motion pictures line continues to construct a brand new shared continuity, starting with Superman: Man of Tomorrow, this iteration of the DCU offers a glimpse at its attainable future with its newest function movie, Legion of Tremendous-Heroes. Boasting the Tomorrowverse’s largest solid but, the film not solely offers the DCU’s thirty first century a well-deserved highlight, nevertheless it additionally offers the clearest take a look at the place this rebooted canon goes subsequent. Whereas the overarching battle is probably not essentially the most partaking, its balanced solid, imaginative setting and accessible entry into the Legion mythos make the movie worthwhile.
Barely surviving the destruction of Argo Metropolis, Kara Zor-El is shipped to Earth the place she follows in her cousin’s footsteps to grow to be Supergirl. Noticing Kara having bother adjusting to life on Earth, and her tasks as a superhero, the Justice League decides to ship her to the thirty first century so she may be mentored by the Legion of Tremendous-Heroes. Nonetheless, as Kara learns to slot in with the remainder of the Legion, together with its resident genius Brainiac 5, a menacing menace arises in each timelines.
At its core, Legion of Tremendous-Heroes is the story of Supergirl (Meg Donnelly) and Brainiac 5 (Harry Shum, Jr.) studying how one can belief one another, with the remainder of the Legionnaires taking part in off their dynamic. Screenwriter Josie Campbell actually leans into Kara’s journey, not simply as a point-of-view character experiencing the thirty first century, however as a posh protagonist with a stable character arc. Donnelly and Shum elevate the fabric, as does the intensive supporting solid, with even the extra obscure Legionnaires getting a chance to shine.
Sadly, the motion sequences maintain Legion of Tremendous-Heroes again. Opening with each the destruction of Argo Metropolis and a showdown between Supergirl and Solomon Grundy, these two sequences set a excessive bar for motion that the remainder of the film struggles to stay as much as. The film does make good use of its massive roster and distinctive powers, however fails to stay as much as the opening sequence’s super-powered first impression.
The animation type builds off what was beforehand established by Man of Tomorrow, with thick outlines across the face to make every character stand out. Director Jeff Wamester has been a relentless presence for Tomorrowverse since 2021’s Justice Society: World Battle II, and Legion of Tremendous-Heroes is his most inviting film but.
A Legion of Tremendous-Heroes film is a frightening job given the sheer dimension of the workforce, its futuristic setting and the relative obscurity of its characters, however this movie succeeds as an introductory piece. Although the film may up the ante on a few of its main set items, it does get to the center of what makes the Legion tick.